Postdoctoral Researcher – Knowledge Hubs, eXtended Reality (XR) and AI Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics
Posted : 29 April 2024
Closes : 10 May 2024
Location : Galway

Postdoctoral Researcher – Knowledge Hubs, eXtended Reality (XR) and AI Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics

Data Science Institute Ref. No. 010317


Applications are invited from suitably qualified candidates for a full-time, fixed term position as a Postdoctoral Researcher with the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at the University of Galway, Ireland.

This position is funded through the Insight Centre for Data Analytics and is available from 1st July 2024 to contract end date of 31st December 2025.

Insight is the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Research Centre for Data Analytics. It is one of the largest data analytics centres in Europe. It seeks to derive value from Big Data and provides innovative technology solutions for industry and society by enabling better decision-making. It supports 450 researchers across the country in areas such as the Fundamentals of Data Science, Sensing and Actuation, Scaling Algorithms, Model Building, Multi Modal Analysis, Data Engineering and Governance, Decision Making and Trustworthy AI. More information on the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics is available at

The Postdoctoral Researcher will be expected to perform research and development in the area of Knowledge Hubs, eXtended Reality (XR – Augmented  and  Virtual Reality), Artificial Intelligence, and  data visualisation  within  an established group of researchers with expertise in data and knowledge engineering, data analytics and large-scale data processing, as well as a long tradition of applying this expertise in various domains, including healthcare, education, sustainability, smart cities, privacy and digital humanities.

Salary:  Postdoctoral  Researcher  salary  scale  €43,907  –  €56,202  per  annum,  (subject  to  the  project’s  funding

limitations), and pro rata for shorter and/or part-time contracts.

The default position for all new public sector appointments is the 1st point of the salary scale. This may be reviewed, and consideration afforded to appointment at a higher point on the payscale (subject to the project’s funding limitations), where evidence of prior years’ equivalent experience is accepted in determining placement on the scale above point 1, subject to the maximum of the scale.

(Research Salary Scales – University of Galway)

Closing date for receipt of applications is 17:00 (Irish Time) on 10th  May 2024.  It will not be possible to consider applications received after the closing date.

 Please review full job description for further details and essential requirement

Job Description:

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to shape the Knowledge Hubs and XR landscape within Europe and research the design and development of novel XR approaches for the public sector and business. You will participate in cross-consortium meetings with academic and industry project partners and engage within external events with stakeholders in the European Data and XR Ecosystems. You will also link and collaborate with an extended, broad range of XR experts from beyond Europe, including representatives of organisations and industries from the USA.

The successful candidates will be based in the Insight SFI Research Centre for Data Analytics at the University of Galway. The candidates will be supported in their professional development, be able to avail of a range of career level focussed training opportunities, have the potential to publish research findings in leading journals and international events.


  • Carry and coordinate research & development work in the area of knowledge hubs and virtual worlds
  • Research, design, and develop interactive, immersive XR approaches based on the latest advancements
  • Investigate aspects of Ethics and Governance of the XR-driven virtual
  • Conduct a programme of research at the intersection of XR, knowledge hubs and Artificial Intelligence
  • Working with the team/independently to develop proofs of concept for validating research ideas/outcomes.
  • The project  will  involve  international  travel,  meetings,  and  research  presentations  at  international
  • Produce top-quality journal and conference publications in collaboration with students and
  • Assist in the attraction of
  • Provide support and advice to PhD students working on similar
  • Assist the Principal Investigator in overseeing software and system development for various
  • Design and implementation prototype
  • Participate in Centre activities, including industry showcases, annual reviews and industry and agency
  • Any other duties assigned commensurate to this level of post


 Essential Requirements:

  • PhD Degree in computer science or a closely related
  • A proven track record of research performance, including publication and dissemination of results and
  • Expertise in the intersection of eXtended Reality, Knowledge Hubs and Artificial Intelligence
  • A proven track record of working on research projects related to Knowledge Hubs extended Reality and Artificial
  • A practical experience working with virtual reality and groups of individuals interacting in
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills.

Desirable Requirements:

  • Understanding of protocols and running AI experimentation on GPU infrastructure
  • Experience in leading development in research projects
  • Experience in development using web technologies,
  • Experience in research projects and academic-industrial research
  • Previous experience working on European Union (EU) projects will be an advantage


 Continuing Professional Development/Training:

Researchers at University of Galway are encouraged to avail of a range of training and development opportunities designed to support their personal career development plans. University of Galway provides continuing professional development supports for all researchers seeking to build their own career pathways either within or beyond academia. Researchers are encouraged to engage with our Researcher Development Centre (RDC) upon commencing employment – see HERE for further information.

Further Information/Links

 To apply: Jobs – University of Galway. Applications must be submitted